Dr Jane Demmen

Senior Research Associate


I am part of a team investigating the language of Shakespeare’s plays using corpus linguistic methods (AHRC project AH/N002415/1: The Encyclopaedia of Shakespeare’s Language). My research interests include historical linguistics and the stylistics of drama, with a particular focus on the application of corpus linguistic methods to investigate language styles in Early Modern English plays (by Shakespeare and other playwrights of the same era).

I am also interested in the use of corpus tools for semantic analysis. I have previously worked on corpus linguistic projects investigating the semantics of labour relations in Hansard House of Commons debates (Semantic Annotation and Mark-Up for Enhancing Lexical Searches; AHRC/ESRC project AH/L010062/1), and the use of metaphor by patients, carers and healthcare professionals involved in end-of-life care (Metaphor in End of Life Care; ESRC Project ES/J007927/1).

Charting the semantics of labour relations in House of Commons debates spanning two hundred years: A study of parliamentary language using corpus linguistic methods and automated semantic tagging
Demmen, J.E., Jeffries, L., Walker, B. 12/12/2018 In: Doing Politics. John Benjamins p. 81-104. 24 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

An integrated approach to metaphor and framing in cognition, discourse and practice, with an application to metaphors for cancer
Semino, E., Demjen, Z., Demmen, J.E. 1/10/2018 In: Applied Linguistics. 39, 5, p. 625-645. 21 p.
Journal article

A time-sensitive historical thesaurus-based semantic tagger for deep semantic annotation
Piao, S.S., Dallachy, F., Baron, A., Demmen, J.E., Wattam, S., Durkin, P., McCracken, J., Rayson, P.E., Alexander, M. 11/2017 In: Computer Speech and Language. 46, p. 113-135. 23 p.
Journal article

The online use of Violence and Journey metaphors by patients with cancer, as compared with health professionals: a mixed methods study
Semino, E., Demjen, Z., Demmen, J., Koller, V., Payne, S., Hardie, A., Rayson, P. 1/03/2017 In: BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care. 7, 1, p. 60-66. 7 p.
Journal article

A computer-assisted study of the use of violence metaphors for cancer and end of life by patients, family carers and health professionals
Demmen, J.E., Semino, E., Demjen, Z., Koller, V., Hardie, A., Rayson, P., Payne, S. 17/08/2015 In: International Journal of Corpus Linguistics. 20, 2, p. 205-231. 27 p.
Journal article

Demmen, J.E., Culpeper, J.V. 08/2015 In: The Cambridge Handbook of English Corpus Linguistics. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press p. 90-105. 16 p. ISBN: 9781107037380.

Pray in Early Modern English drama
Lutzky, U., Demmen, J. 2013 In: Journal of Historical Pragmatics. 14, 2, p. 263-284. 22 p.
Journal article

Nineteenth-century English politeness: Negative politeness, conventional indirect requests and the rise of the individual self
Culpeper, J., Demmen, J. 2011 In: Journal of Historical Pragmatics. 12, 1-2, p. 49-81. 33 p.
Journal article

The development of play-texts: from manuscript to print
Culpeper, J., Demmen, J. 2011 In: Communicating early English manuscripts. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press p. 162-177. 16 p. ISBN: 9780521193290.